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[31 Jul 2012 | 38 Comments | ]
Recipe | No-Bake Nutty Chocolate Biscuit Cake – Easy as Can be

If there is no chocolate in heaven, I am not going‘  ~ Jane Seabrook   Oh no I am not jumping in the bandwagon of chocoholics. I enjoy my celibacy with chocolates barring a few occasional indulgences now and then. And given a choice between different flavors it is vanilla for me.

Anything tastes good if it has chocolate in it” says my little princess as a matter of fact.  No doubt that this luscious, gooey and seductive food is defined as world’s perfect food by many. A tiny bar of chocolate can save many bad days and meals at home.
I used half of the pack by rolling out the chocolate Truffles and made this no-bake nutty chocolate cake with the rest. Thanks to my friend now I shop for more of these ‘once upon a time disdained’ cookies 😉

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[27 Jun 2012 | 30 Comments | ]
Baking | Easy Eggless Chocolate Cake – And a Scrumptious Piece of Art

‘All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt’. ~ Charles M. Schulz

You know your children are growing when you start getting gifts from them. I was pleasantly surprised this year when I received a beautiful card and a precious gift from my children. Oh..well, they did give a hint that both shared equal amount from their piggy bank for the same, you smart a… I know, a quick re-fill is needed.

Something left for me in your bank or you spent all your love and money on mom, my birthday is round the corner” asked hubby, staring lovingly at the kids waiting for their confirmation. Sniff..sniff..I smell  something burning 😉

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[2 Jun 2012 | 26 Comments | ]
Baking | Cornish Saffron Bread/Cake – An Airy, Aromatic and Delectable Bake

The vast open Saffron fields in Jammu is worth a visit for any traveler in India. I was amazed to see these tiny plants with no prominent shoots and leaves, but just large bright violet flowers with crimson colored stigma or saffron as the main plant body. Acres of farm land could yield just a few grams of Saffron. No doubt the hard work that goes in cultivating Saffron makes this spice rare & pricey.

In India Saffron or Kesar as is called in Hindi, is extensively used in making milk based desserts and for cooking aromatic basmati rice Biryani. Though I don’t use saffron in my bakes, these popular Indian saffron cookies – Nankhatai are my favorite.

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[28 May 2012 | 30 Comments | ]
Baking | Wholesome Fruit & Nuts Granola Bars and a Memorable Trip to the Blue Mountain Range

Never knew that an unplanned and totally unorganized trip could become one of the most memorable vacations for us, acknowledging the golden words  “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu. Just back from a rejuvenating five day trip to the unpolluted & off beat travel trails in the natural surroundings of Blue mountain range- Nilgiri. The breathless pristine beauty of nature, the majestic mountain peaks, innocent mountain people and the fresh air…my lungs worked at full capacity…Aahh, I could spend a lifetime there!
Baked a few granola …

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[8 May 2012 | 26 Comments | ]
Recipes | Wholewheat Buns and Spinach Litti – A Healthy Treat from Rustic India

Whole wheat buns/Baatis and Litti Chokha – the two most rustic regional recipes from India invoke a mixed emotion in me. If the later brings back the memory of my carefree days the former reminds me of the insecurity I felt during my childhood. Unable to cope up with the work pressure and childcare my working parents arranged for a 60 something nanny to baby sit me. The most prominent features I could remember about her is her wrinkled face, bony rough hands and the white muslin Potli (pouch) she used to bring daily from her home for her lunch.

She brought these unevenly round whole-wheat buns/baatis neatly packed in a white muslin cloth or potli every day. Hand pound wheat flour to make the buns, firewood used to cook them and fresh ghee smeared over those baatis revealed the hard life of villagers. I used to get scared when she lifted me with her wrinkled hands but loved to bite on those savory buns she brought. The feeling of insecurity of taken care by a stranger was somewhat subsided with these delicacies she brought each day.

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[28 Mar 2012 | 37 Comments | ]
Baking | Berry-Berry Healthy Corn flake Cookies – Cookie Is Where The Crunch Is

Try the dual flavor vanilla & chocolate cereal or this new variety of cereal in the shape of Planet & stars…and this one….” Phew..shopping for children’ food could be  so distracting than compelling due to endless choices in the same. These myriad choices do make life easy for busy moms with almost no cooking, quick & fuss free breakfast options in the market. But in the bargain I feel we loose on the natural and healthier foods and food products which were available a few years back.

Cereal was certainly not our bowl of breakfast in the growing years during late 60s and early 70’s. And then when plain cornflakes was first introduced in India it became a fashion statement and was welcomed with open hearts in many homes.

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[19 Mar 2012 | 31 Comments | ]
Baking | Easy Eggless Cocoa & Pearl Millet Brownies

There are times when I prefer & rely more on my ‘quick fixes’ in cooking over the original recipes. The handy ‘quick fixes’ I invented for my convenience during the last 20 years in my kitchen are easy and more fun do with whatever is available at that particular day in my kitchen. And this Cocoa Brownie is one such recipe when I run out of chocolates…well, not exactly run out, but am raided of…want to know how?

Cozy family weekend when everyone crave for a scrumptious dessert and there is no signs of the chocolate bars I hide in refrigerator for a surprise Sunday dessert. Yes, this happens quite often at home, my two naughty pirates never get tired of raiding my refrigerator of all that is ‘Chocolate‘..chocltae chips, chocolate sprinkles and even the dark unsweetened chocolate cooking bars!

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[25 Feb 2012 | 30 Comments | ]
Baking | Flax Seeds Whole Wheat Crackers – A Healthy Baked Bonanza

Crackers can be addictive!”  Hmm.. never knew till I baked these Flax seed wholewheat crackers for myself. Ragi, Millet, cornmeal, oats and Quinoa in the pantry pushed this super food to a corner. After a long hibernation that packet of shiny brown Flax seeds finally moved out from my refrigerator. And when I was thinking to bake something with my tiny treasure, got a call from mom.

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[6 Feb 2012 | 22 Comments | ]
Mini Oat Tarts with Mixed Fruit & Yogurt Filling – Healthy Dessert to Indulge

Think of a dessert and fresh fruits top my list hands down. A bowl of sliced juicy strawberries, apples and grapes sprinkled with castor sugar or with fresh yogurt is what I and my hubby crave for. There is always a difference of opinion at home, my children love to settle for a  chocolate bar if there is just plain fruits for dessert. But they look pretty cool of late, now that they know their food blogger mama  needs to update her blog with a recipe every week 🙂

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[30 Jan 2012 | 38 Comments | ]
Honey Oatmeal Peasant Boule – A Filling and Delightful Bake

‘I don’t need the bread, but it’s nice to do something creative‘. ~ John Goodman. My daily normal Indian meal has no place for yeast bread, I like my chapattis and rice with curries and other accompaniments. But then ‘creative & therapeutic‘ is what baking is to me and I love my breads and cakes for the same reason.

After years of baking I still feel ‘yeast challenged’ every time that I bake something and feel jittery to see the outcome. This month when Abby Dodge asked us to bake a Peasant Boule for #baketogether I instantly grabbed the challenge in order learn more from my fellow food bloggers and bake my own Peasant Boule as well.

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